John McCrea Makes Rare Appearance at C2E2 2011 with Hero Initiative

March 15, 2011 by  
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Avengers 100 John McCrea

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Hero Initiative with Special Guest John McCrea at Chicago’s C2E2

With 100 Avengers Unveiling Party sponsored by Graham Crackers Comics

March 14, 2011: C2E2 – short for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – is the latest convention spanning the greatest in the worlds of comics and pop entertainment. Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization raising money for comic creators in need, will be joining in the fun March 18-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Hero will be joined by our special guest, artist John McCrea, making his first North American appearance in eight years. John is best known for Hitman, Spider-Man and Hulk Smash!, and will be signing and sketching all weekend at Hero’s booth, #457.

You can purchase your tickets to C2E2 using Hero Initiative’s special link online at:

http://www.c2e2.com/en/home/?campaignid=61619341&iusercampaignid=65576889.

Use this link, and C2E2 will donate a portion of each ticket purchase to Hero at NO extra cost to you—a true win/win!

In addition, Hero is displaying all 100 of its original New Avengers #1 covers for the first and only time at C2E2 in a gala event sponsored by Chicago’s own Graham Crackers Comics. The special unveiling will take place from 6 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, March 19 in Room 185bc of the West Building of McCormick Place. Admission is a mere $5, or $3 if you show up wearing any Avengers costume. Tickets will be on-sale at the door starting at 5 PM. And, be advised, only 200 tickets will be sold! Your admission also gets you a free raffle ticket to win a special New Avengers #1 wine bottle, covered in sketches from a variety of Avengers artists! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale at the party. This star-studded event will be attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid, and more. Spend your Saturday evening with some amazing people for an astonishing cause!

It’s arrived! Archie: 50 Times an American Icon, the collection of Hero’s original Archie #600 covers, will be available for the first time ever at C2E2 in both hardcover and softcover editions! Grab your copy and get it signed by contributors Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson and Dan Parent, Friday at 6:15 at booth #457!

And if getting inked is your thing, check out the eBay auction to win BOTH custom Cliff Chiang art and a tattoo based on the art by tattoo artist Brian Stringer at: http://qurls.com?i=50010

Hero Initiative’s booth schedule for C2E2 at booth #457:

Friday, March 18 (hours 10-7)
1130-130: John McCrea
130-230: Jamal Igle
230-330: Gene Ha
330-530: John McCrea
530-615: Gordon Purcell
615-700, Archie book signing: Dave Hillman, Andrew Pepoy, Cliff Chiang, Jill Thompson, Dan Parent

Saturday, March 19 (hours 10-7)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Jamal Igle
130-230: Tim Seeley
230-430: John McCrea
430-600: Gene Ha
600-800: 100 Avengers event, attended by Phil Hester, Jamal Igle, John McCrea, Andrew Pepoy, Gordon Purcell, Joe Quesada, Alex Saviuk, Tim Seeley, Mark Waid

Sunday, March 20 (hours 10-5)
1030-1230: John McCrea
1230-130: Bill Reinhold
130-230: Gordon Purcell
230-430: John McCrea

About The Hero Initiative:

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Planet Comicon, Kansas City (March 2011)

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Convention Name
Planet Comicon, Kansas City
Convention Website Address
http://www.planetcomicon.com
This convention will take place:

  • over multiple days.
Start Date
03/26/2011
End Date
03/27/2011
About This Convention
Planet Comicon is the largest pop culture and comic book event in this area of the Midwest. The convention will feature media personalities, comic book creators as well as a large vendor area with a variety of collectibles for sale.
Venue Name and Address
Overland Park International Trade Center
6800 W 115th St
Overland Park, Kansas 66213
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
125
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Gaming
  • Anime
Guests
Jeremy Bulloch, Lindsey Wagner, Michael McMillian, Alaina Huffman, Jason Aaron, Jerry Duggen, Tony Fleecs, Nathan Fox, Gary Friedrich, Ron Garney, Jeremy Haun, Phil Hester, Brian Hurtt, Matt Kindt, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin Mellon, B. Clay Moore, Tony Moore, Jai Nitz, Ande Parks, Rick Remender, Tone Rodriguez, Steven Sanders, Dan Scott, Ben Templesmith, Freddie Williams II

Archaia Hosting Over 30 Creators at NYCC 2010

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ARCHAIA ENDING THE 2010 CONVENTION SEASON IN STYLE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

PUBLISHER WILL HOST OVER 30 CREATORS, DEBUT FIVE HARDCOVER BOOKS, ANNOUNCE TWO NEW PROJECTS AND PUT ON THREE PANELS

Los Angeles, CA (October 7, 2010) – Capping off a successful 2010 convention season and eager to win over more fans to its brand of high-quality comics and graphic novels, Archaia Entertainment announced it will have a huge presence at New York Comic Con, taking place Oct. 8-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

In addition to setting up an oversized 20’ x 30’ booth on the show floor, Archaia will host over 30 creators for autograph signings; debut six new titles for the first time anywhere, including five graphic novel hardcover books; present three entertaining panels throughout the weekend and announce two, new projects; and co-sponsor several off-site events to celebrate the releases of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN and MOON LAKE.

“We are thrilled to appear at New York Comic Con, the second largest comic book and pop culture convention in the country, to reward our East Coast-based fans with some cool products and giveaways, and to attract new readers with our line of high-quality titles,” said Archaia Marketing Manager, Mel Caylo. “We’re hoping to end this year’s convention season with a great showing to generate buzz and excitement in the comics industry!”

The six titles debuting at New York Comic Con are:

· AWAKENING VOL. 2 – The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Awakening Vol. 1 concludes the gripping storyline of what may or may not be a zombie outbreak in a small town.

· FEEDING GROUND #1 – The debut of the first issue of this brand-new miniseries about werewolves terrorizing the Devil’s Highway, a corridor along the Mexico-Arizona border used by illegal immigrants. Presented both in English and Spanish!

· THE GOD MACHINE – A stylistic Gothic adventure about a young man’s journey to save his girlfriend’s soul.

· MOON LAKE – This eclectic collection of horror stories mixes elements from Tales from the Crypt and “Twilight Zone” and includes contributions from some of the best creators in horror comics like Brian Holguin, Stef Hutchinson and Jeffrey Zornow.

· MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 1 – Collects the critically acclaimed miniseries in which Mouse Guard creator David Petersen handpicks other creators to write and draw Mouse Guard stories.

· RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN – A visual tour de force that presents a modern twist on classic fairy tales, utilizing an incredible decoupage art style that combines steampunk fantasy and science fiction with Art Nouveau for a truly unique and groundbreaking book.

The following Archaia creators will be on hand at various times at the Archaia booth (#2031) to sign autographs, sell exclusive items and hand out cool giveaways:

· Awakening – Alex Eckman-Lawn (artist)

· Bleedout – Nathan Fox (artist), Sanford Greene (artist), Zach Howard (artist), Michael Kennedy (writer), Ben Templesmith (artist)

· Critical Millennium – Daniel Dussault (artist), Andrew E. C. Gaska (creator/writer)

· Days Missing – Phil Hester (writer), David Marquez (artist), Trevor Roth (creator)

· Feeding Ground – Swifty Lang (co-creator/co-writer), Michael Lapinski (co-creator/artist), Christopher Mangun (co-creator/co-writer)

· Fraggle Rock – Nichol Ashworth (writer), Tim Beedle (editor), Michael DiMotta (artist), Sam Humphries (writer), Neil Kleid (writer), Dave Lanphear (letterer), Grace Randolph (writer)

· The God Machine – Chandra Free (creator/writer/artist)

· Gunnerkrigg Court – Tom Siddell (creator/writer/artist)

· Hybrid Bastards! – Kate Glasheen (artist), Tom Pinchuk (creator/writer)

· Lucid – Michael McMillian (creator/writer)

· Moon Lake – Dan Fogler (creator), Robbi Rodriguez (artist), Jeffrey Zornow (artist)

· Mouse Guard – David Petersen (creator/writer/artist)

· Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard – Katie Cook (writer/artist), David Petersen (creator/writer/artist), Sean Rubin (writer/artist)

· Return of the Dapper Men – Janet Lee (co-creator/artist), Jim McCann (co-creator/writer)

· Starkweather: Immortal – Dave Rodriguez (creator/writer)

· Syndrome – David Marquez (artist)

· Tumor – Joshua Hale Fialkov (co-creator/writer)

Listed below are the three panels Archaia will present at New York Comic Con:

Friday, 3:30-4:30pm
ARCHAIA BLACK LABEL
The new Archaia Black Label specializes in co-developing intellectual properties with prestigious partners who are seeking to realize their ideas through the use of Archaia’s resources. Join Archaia as they show exclusive preview images and discuss current and upcoming Archaia Black Label titles, including: DAYS MISSING: KESTUS with Roddenberry Productions’ Trevor Roth, writer Phil Hester and artist David Marquez; LUCID with creator/writer and “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian; MOON LAKE with creator/co-writer Dan Fogler; and MR. MURDER IS DEAD with creator/writer Victor Quinaz. Plus, two exclusive announcements, including one in association with video game publisher Vogster Entertainment. There will be surprise guests! You don’t want to miss this! Moderated by Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy. Panel Room 8 (1A23)

Saturday, 10:45-11:45am
ARCHAIA ALL ACCESS
Get updates, previews and new information on current and upcoming core Archaia titles as the publisher spotlights: AWAKENING VOL. 2 with artist Alex Eckman-Lawn; CRITICAL MILLENNIUM with writer Andrew E. C. Gaska and artist Daniel Dussault; FEEDING GROUND with creators Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski and Christopher Mangun; and THE GOD MACHINE with creator Chandra Free! Moderated by Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy. Panel Room 7 (1A22)

Sunday, 12-1pm
ARCHAIA ALL AGES
All ages books are not necessarily children’s books—they’re books that readers of all ages can enjoy! Join Archaia for updates, previews and exciting new information on several of its All Ages titles, including: FRAGGLE ROCK VOL. 2 with editor Tim Beedle; MOUSE GUARD with creator/writer/artist David Petersen; MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOX SET with Petersen and game designer Luke Crane; and RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN with writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee. Moderated by Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy. Panel Room 5 (1A17-18)

During New York Comic Con, Archaia will also co-sponsor several off-site events that are open to the public to mark the release of two of its books:

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Book Release and Art Show
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m.
Alice’s Tea Cup, 102 West 73rd St., New York, NY 10023
To recognize the release of Archaia’s new hardcover fairy tale, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee will display and offer for sale several of the decoupage art pieces that were created for the book. Join us for scones, cake, tea and, after 8 p.m., wine (courtesy of Bluebird Wines), as we celebrate this event on the eve of New York Comic Con! Admission is free!

The MOON LAKE Gallery at BAR 13
Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday Oct. 10, 12-5 p.m. each day
Bar 13, 35 east 13th St. Union Square, New York, NY 10003
Illustrations and images from the MOON LAKE graphic novel are on display, all day Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm. Admission is free! Complimentary beverages!

MOON LAKE Live Radio Play Performance and HYSTERICAL PSYCHO Screening
Saturday, Oct. 9. 11 p.m.-12 a.m.
Cinema Village Theater, 22 East 12th St., New York, NY 10003
Here’s your chance to watch a graphic novel performed before your very eyes! Before television, audiences were entertained by radio actors as they performed their favorite stories over the airwaves. Harkening back to that era, actor Dan Fogler and members of the Studio13 acting group will perform stories from Fogler’s MOON LAKE graphic novel LIVE! You have to see this! Admission is free! The performance will be followed by a midnight screening of Fogler’s film “Hysterical Psycho,” on which the MOON LAKE graphic novel is based. There will be a $10 charge for the movie.

As you can see, Archaia is looking to end the 2010 convention season with a bang, and we hope you’ll be there to experience it with us!

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, The Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (twitter.com/archaiacomics).

Image Comics at NYCC 2010

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Image Comics heads east for New York Comic-Con, October 8-10, 2010

Image Comics is taking the show on the road this weekend, making its way across the country for New York Comic-Con 2010! Come by booth 1647 to pick up your favorite Image trades and exclusive merchandise for THE WALKING DEAD!

The Walking Dead 2011 Calendar

Visit Image Comics at booth 1647 to see your favorite Image creators! ROBERT KIRKMAN (Invincible, The Walking Dead, Haunt) and TODD McFARLANE (Spawn, Haunt) head up an all-star lineup that also includes ERIK LARSEN (Savage Dragon), DAVID HINE (The Bulletproof Coffin), JIM ZUBKAVICH (Skullkickers), ANDY KUHN and PHIL HESTER (Firebreather), BRYAN JL GLASS (The Mice Templar), TOMM COKER (Undying Love), and DAVE ELLIOTT (Benaroya Publishing)!

Line up to get autographs from KIRKMAN, McFARLANE, GREG CAPULLO (Spawn, Haunt), BEN McCOOL and BEN TEMPLESMITH (Choker), NICK SPENCER (Morning Glories), TIM SEELEY (Hack/Slash), MACON BLAIR and JOE FLOOD (Hellcity), RUFUS DAYGLO (Tank Girl), KIERON GILLEN and JAMIE McKELVIE (Phonogram), the creative team behind DAOMU, JOSH WAGNER and CAMILLA D’ERRICO (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra), JOE CASEY (Godland, Officer Downe), JOE KELLY (I Kill Giants), DUNCAN ROULEAU (The Great Unknown), STEVEN T. SEAGLE (The Crusades), and more!

Other Image creators attending NYCC include JIM VALENTINO (ShadowHawk), RON MARZ (Firebreather vs. Dragon Prince), RYAN BODENHEIM (Red Mass for Mars), AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI (The Pro), WHILCE PORTACIO (Darkness), CHRIS GIARRUSSO (G-Man), RICK REMENDER (Sea of Red), IVAN BRANDON (Viking), GREG HORN (The Art of Greg Horn), JOSH HOWARD (Dead@17), DAVID MACK (Kabuki), JIM MAHFOOD (Stupid Comics), MICHAEL BROUSSARD (Artifacts, The Darkness), and NELSON BLAKE II (Magdalena)!

PANELS

Friday
4:30-5:30pm, Room 1A14
Image Comics: The Writers
Some of Image Comics’ favorite writers get together to describe the writing process for their books, from inception to publication. Join juggernauts Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Ron Marz (Firebreather vs. Dragon Prince), and Steven T. Seagle (The Crusades) for a discussion about writing, followed by Q&A.

Saturday
1:15-2:15pm, Room 1A22
The Image Comics Show
Join Image Comics for exclusive announcements about upcoming projects, updates about ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of Image’s best creators. Don’t miss your chance to find out about what we’re up to before anyone else does, get exclusive give-aways, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include Ron Marz (Firebreather vs. Dragon Prince), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Tomm Coker (Undying Love), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Ben McCool (Choker), and James Zhang (Daomu).

Sunday
12:00-1:00pm, Room 1A24
Creating Comics the Image Comics Way
How do Image Creators make the best books in the business? Join us for a roundtable discussion of creator-owned comics, with an insider’s perspective on how ownership makes the creative process more fulfilling. Jim Valentino (ShadowHawk), Greg Capullo (Haunt), Marc Guggenheim (Halcyon), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Joe Casey (Officer Downe), and Ben Templesmith (Choker) share their thoughts on publishing with Image Comics.

AUTOGRAPHS

Friday
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo (Spawn)*
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)*
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Ben McCool & Ben Templesmith (Choker)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Nick Spencer (Morning Glories)

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Macon Blair and Joe Flood (Hellcity)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)*
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl)
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Greg Capullo
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)*
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daomu

Sunday
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Josh Wagner & Camilla D’Errico (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)*
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Greg Capullo
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, & Steven T. Seagle
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl)

*Ticketed signings: Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the beginning of each day.

PARTIES

NYCC Welcome Party, benefiting the CBLDF!
Thursday, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Village Pourhouse (366 W. 46th St)

Come support Free Expression, the 2010 LIBERTY ANNUAL, and mingle with the greatest talents in comics at the CBLDF’s NYCC Welcome Party, presented by Image Comics and The Beat! We’ll have special gifts, copies of the Liberty Annual and special open bar bracelets!

Starting at 8 p.m., this event is free and open to everyone! With a suggested donation of $10 or more, you will receive a special gift bag, full of goodies from Image Comics & CBLDF! In addition to great gifts, an open bar will be available for donations of $30 and $50. Preordering bracelets is strongly encouraged, as we’ll have a very small quantity of them at the door. For information on Open Bar bracelets, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/38rgblr.

Start your New York Comic Con off right by celebrating with the CBLDF, Image Comics, and The Beat. The CBLDF’s NYCC Welcome Party will feature surprise guest artists from the pages of CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010, as well as a chance to meet comics’ best creators, insiders, and fellow fans, in a star-spangled festival of good comics and free speech!

Don’t miss Image Comics at New York Comic-Con 2010, October 8-10, at booth 1647!

Source: Image Comics

Top Cow Announces Plans for NYCC 2010

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TOP COW’S ARTIFACTS RACE SHOWS NO REST AT NYCC 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 1, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the publisher will be exhibiting at New York Comic-Con, the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting comic convention brought together in the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York from October 8-10th.

Meet the Top Cow team and creators at booth #2129 for convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts and the relaunch of Rest with them.

Ron Marz, the mastermind behind Artifacts, will be on-hand throughout the show to answer your Top Cow Universe questions as well as sign copies of Artifacts, Witchblade, Magdalena and more. Joining Marz at the booth will be Michael Broussard (Artifacts, The Darkness), Nelson Blake II (Magdalena), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Jeremy Haun (Berserker), Rahsan Ekedal (Echoes), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Echoes, Tumor), Jerry Lando (Pilot Season: 39 Minutes), Filip Sablik (Pilot Season: Asset), David Marquez (Pilot Season: Asset), Marc Bernardin (Genius), Afua Richardson (Genius) and more.

Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik is hosting a panel on Saturday, October 9th, “Top Cow: We Create…Events,” at 1:15pm-2:15pm in Room 1A06. Joining Sablik will be Marz and Broussard to discuss the runaway event success Artifacts. Also joining the panel will be television and movie star Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and his producing partner Russ Cundiff of DiVide Pictures to talk about the return of Rest. Plus, a special appearance by American Original’s Jeff Katz (Pilot Season: Crosshair) with more exciting news from GeekWeek.com and American Original to share. Find out why at Top Cow, we create.

Following the panel, Ventimiglia and Cundiff will be joined by Rest writer Mark Powers, Rest artist Marco Castiello and Berserker artist Jeremy Haun in the convention’s main signing area. In order to participate in the signing session, NYCC attendees must attend the Top Cow panel to get a ticket for the signing and must purchase either a Rest or Berserker item at the signing.

At the Top Cow booth #2129, the publisher will have the following new products available for fans: Artifacts #2 New York Comic-Con exclusive cover by Stjepan Sejic, Witchblade #138 New York Comic-Con exclusive cover by Stjepan Sejic and the Rest New York Comic-Con Exclusive Hardcover. Additionally, Top Cow will have several exclusive trade paperback bellyband packages and brand new exclusive lithographs.

For more updates on Top Cow at New York Comic-Con, you can follow Top Cow on Twitter @TopCow or visit us at www.topcow.com.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Cartoon Network & Adult Swim’s Schedule for NYCC 2010

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Cartoon Network and Adult Swim hosts a number of highly-anticipated panels, fan events and autograph signings at 2010 New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Friday, October 8 through Sunday October 10, 2010.  See the full lineup for both networks below; please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK & ADULT SWIM PANELS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1A06
Talent: Rob Corddry, Jon Stern, Rob Huebel and Erinn Hayes (additional guests TBA)

Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast including Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant) and Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week).  Childrens Hospital is a live-action comedy that explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children.  Childrens Hospital airs Sundays at midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Special Events Hall
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich

Adult Swim panel featuring Robot Chicken show creators, Seth Green and Matt Senreich.  They will discuss their original series, answer questions and give a sneak peek from the next season of Robot Chicken and the upcoming one-hour special, Robot Chicken Star Wars: Episode III, which premieres December 19.

ADULT SWIM: The Venture Bros.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Special Events Hall
Talent: Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer

Come see Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer talk about all things Venture, show some clips and take audience praise and questions.  Season 4.5 of The Venture Bros. premiered Sunday, September 12 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.  The Venture Bros. first premiered on Adult Swim in August 2004 and has been a fan favorite every since.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9

ADULT SWIM: Delocated!
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 1A14
Talent: Jon Glaser, Kevin Dorff, Jerry Minor, Steve Cirbus, John Lee (additional guests TBA)

Adult Swim panel featuring Delocated! show creator/executive producer and star Jon Glaser.  After testifying against the Russian Mafia, “Jon” and his family are uprooted and start living undercover through the witness protection program.  After existing quietly in an anonymous suburb, “Jon” accepts an offer for the family to participate in a reality show based on their lives.  In order to protect their identity with television audiences—and more importantly, the Russian mob family the Mirminsky’s—they wear ski masks and have their voices disguised.  As part of the deal, the family is relocated to a sweet loft in New York City, where the series will be filmed.

Jon Glaser (“Jon”) and series co-stars), Kevin Dorff (Mike), Jerry Minor (Mighty Joe Jon, the Black Blond), Steve Cirbus (Sergei), and series executive producer John Lee will discuss the series and answer questions. Now expanded to 30 minutes, season two of Delocated! airs Thursdays at midnight and Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on Adult Swim.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10

CARTOON NETWORK: Firebreather Exclusive Screening and Panel
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1A08
Talent: Phil Hester (co-executive producer), Andy Kuhn (co-executive producer), Peter Chung (writer/director)

Fans will get the first look at Cartoon Network’s original CGI movie, Firebreather, with an exclusive screening! Be the first to see the film, then stay for an in-depth panel discussion featuring creator and co-executive producer Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive producer Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and writer/director Peter Chung (Aeon Flux). Firebreather is based on the popular comic book series and will premiere on Cartoon Network in November.

CARTOON NETWORK: Ben 10 10.10.10 Celebration
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: 1A06
Talent: Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Cipes, Ashley Johnson

Come celebrate Ben 10 on 10.10.10 with the cast of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien!  Fans will be treated to a never-before-seen episode of the series with voiceover dialogue performed LIVE by Yuri Lowenthal (Ben), Greg Cipes (Kevin) and Ashley Johnson (Gwen)! Other panel highlights include a sneak peak at the new season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, cast Q&A, and a chance to win lots of Ben 10 Prizes!

ADULT SWIM AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS

Friday, October 8

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.                                  Robot Chicken Signing
Location: Room 1C02
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.                                  Childrens Hospital Signing
Location: Show Floor – Autograph Alley
Talent: Rob Corddry, Jon Stern, Rob Huebel and Erinn Hayes (additional guests TBA)

Saturday, October 9

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.                             Venture Bros Signing
Location: Room 1C01
Talent: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick

3:45 — 4:45 p.m.                                  Delocated! Signing
Location: Show Floor – Autograph Alley
Talent: Jon Glaser, Kevin Dorff, Jerry Minor, Steve Cirbus (additional guests TBA)

ADULT SWIM – BUS INFORMATION
Adult Swim will be offering complimentary shuttle buses from several hotel locations around Manhattan for drop off at the Jacob Javits Center between the hours of 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and hotel returns from 4:30 PM through 8:30 PM (Friday and Saturday) and 2:30 PM through 6:30 PM (Sunday).

Please check the website for more details on the shuttle buses.

For more information on the Adult Swim booth, panels and signings please go to www.AdultSwimPresents.com.

CARTOON NETWORK – LOUNGE INFORMATION

Cartoon Network and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien will take over the registration lobby of the Jacob Javitz Center at New York Comic Con from October 8 – 10, with the CARTOON NETWORK ULTIMATE ACTION LOUNGE. The CARTOON NETWORK ULTIMATE ACTION LOUNGE will feature plasma televisions with Cartoon Network shows, exclusive giveaways, video games (Ben 10 Cosmic Destruction), photo-ops for fans with a custom Ben 10 go-kart by Bandai and digital sampling stations.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Top Cow at Project: Comic Con 2

September 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News

Press Release:

PUBLISHER MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE AT ST. LOUIS SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUESTS, GIVEAWAYS AND SHOW EXCLUSIVE

TOP COW AT PROJECT: COMIC CON 2

LOS ANGELES, Calif., September 15, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will be making their debut appearance at Project: Comic Con 2 in Maryland Heights, MO, this weekend, September 18-19, 2010 at the Maryland Heights Centre.

Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik will be joined by writer Phil Hester (The Darkness) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, Pilot Season: 7 Days from Hell) along with artists Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, Velocity) and Jeremy Haun (Berserker) at the show. Hester, Hill, Rocafort, Haun and Sablik (Pilot Season: The Asset, Last Mortal) will be on hand for signings both days at the Top Cow booth. In addition, Sablik will be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.

The publisher will be offering an exclusive Project: Comic Con 2 variant cover to Velocity #2 for the event by Rocafort.

Also available at the Top Cow booth are free preview books and fantastic savings on trade paperbacks and convention variant covers. Fans interested in sketches from the artists should stop by at the beginning of each day to acquire a sketch ticket.

For more information on Top Cow Productions, Inc. and Project: Comic Con, please visit www.topcow.com and www.projectcomiccon.com, respectively.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Archaia Signing Schedule for SDCC 2010

Press Release:

ARCHAIA’S SIGNING AND APPEARANCE SCHEDULE FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

OVER 40 ARCHAIA WRITERS AND ARTISTS WILL BE ON HAND TO MEET FANS, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND OFFER EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

Los Angeles, CA (July 20, 2010) – In anticipation of the largest gathering in North America of comic book and pop culture fans, Archaia Entertainment announced it will be hosting over 40 writers and artists for autograph sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities at its booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., to be held July 22-25, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests of special note include Brian Froud, a veteran of The Jim Henson Company, who will be on hand to sign exclusive posters for the upcoming Dark Crystal comics; actor/writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”), who will sign copies of Lucid #1, the first comic to come from the partnership between Before the Door and Archaia; actor/writer/producer/director Dan Fogler (“Fanboys,” “Balls of Fury”), who will be signing a preview book of the upcoming Moon Lake, a hardcover anthology of comedic horror stories; Eisner Award-winning creator David Petersen, who’ll be on hand to sign copies of Mouse Guard; Tom Siddell, who will sign copies of the two volumes of  Gunnerkrigg Court; Matz, the Eisner Award-nominated writer who will sign copies of The Killer, a popular series originally published in France that has captivated American readers; and Eisner Award-nominated writer Phil Hester, who will sign copies of the Archaia and Roddenberry Productions hardcover, Days Missing. Plus, writers and artists who contributed to the Fraggle Rock comic book will be around all weekend to sign copies of the new hardcover collection.

Days Missing: Kestus

“Our mission for San Diego Comic-Con is twofold: to thank our loyal readers by rewarding them with the opportunity to meet their favorite Archaia writers and artists, and to reach out to those who may have not yet heard of us but are willing to try something different,” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo. “By having over 40 creators rotating at the Archaia booth throughout the weekend, I believe we’ll accomplish just that!”

Archaia will be located at Booth #2635. Here is the schedule* of signings and appearance times:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Table 1
5:30-7 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
7:30-9 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey, Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
7-8 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
8-9 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose)

Table 3
5:30-7:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
7:30-9 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)

Moon Lake

Table 4
5:30-7:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
7:30-9 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)

Featured Table
5:30-9 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 am. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
11-30 a.m.-1 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
1-3 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
3-5 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
5-7 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)

Table 2
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
1:30-2:30 p.m. FRAGGE ROCK (Katie Cook)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)

Dark Crystal Poster by Brian Froud

Table 3
9-11:30 a.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
2-4 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4-6 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
6-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
12:30-1:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
1:30-2:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
2:30-4 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)
4-7 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1:30-2:30 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
2:30-3:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
3:30-5 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
5-6 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
6-7 p.m. ARTESIA (Mark Smylie)

Friday, July 23, 2010
Table 1
9-11:30 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2-3 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
3-5 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)
5-7 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
12-1:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Amy Mebberson)
1:30-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
3-4:30 FRAGGLE ROCK (Nichol Ashworth, Leigh Dragoon)
4:30-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Grace Randolph,

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
12:30-2:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
2:30-4 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
4-5 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
5-7 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)

Table 4
9-10:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
1-2 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
2-3:30 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
3:30-4:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
4:30-5:30 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)
5:30-6:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-2 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
2-3 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
3-4 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4-5:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
5:30-6:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Table 1
9-10:30 a.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-3 p.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
3-4:30 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)
4:30-7 p.m. GUNNERKRIGG COURT (Tom Siddell)

Table 2
9-10:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)
1-2:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Michael DiMotta/Bryce P. Coleman)
2:30-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Amy Mebberson, Sam Humphries)
4-5:30 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth)
5:30-7 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
12-1:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
1:30-4 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
4-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
5-6 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
6-7 p.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)

Table 4
9-10 a.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
10-11:30 a.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. AWAKENING (Nick Tapalansky, Alex Eckman-Lawn)
2:30-4:30 p.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
4:30-6 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)
6-7 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-10:30 a.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
12:30-1:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
1:30-3 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3-4 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)
4-5:30 p.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
5:30-7 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Table 1
9 a.m.-12 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
12-2:30 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
2:30-5 p.m. THE GOD MACHINE (Chandra Free)

Table 2
9-10 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Katie Cook, Nichol Ashworth)
10-11 a.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Leigh Dragoon)
1-2 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
2-3 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Adrianne Ambrose, Bryce P. Coleman)
3-4 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Sam Humphries, Jeremy Love)
4-5 p.m. FRAGGLE ROCK (Heather White, Jeff Stokely)

Table 3
9-10:30 a.m. MOON LAKE (Dan Fogler, R.H. Stavis, Robbi Rodriguez, Tim Seeley)
10:30-11:30 a.m. FEEDING GROUND (Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, Christopher Mangun)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CRITICAL MILLENNIUM (Andrew E. C. Gaska, Daniel Dussault)
12:30-2 p.m. LUCID (Michael McMillian)
2-3:30 p.m. SYNDROME (R.J. Ryan, Daniel Quantz, David Marquez, Blake Leibel)
3:30-5 p.m. DAYS MISSING (Trevor Roth, David Marquez, Phil Hester)

Table 4
9-11 a.m. THE KILLER (Matz)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. TUMOR (Joshua Hale Fialkov)
1-2:30 p.m. KILLING PICKMAN (Jason Becker)
2:30-4 p.m. STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Dave Rodriguez, Patrick McEvoy)
4-5 p.m. HYBRID BASTARDS! (Tom Pinchuk)

Featured Table
9-11 a.m. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (Jim McCann, Janet K. Lee)
11 a.m.-12 p.m. THE ENGINEER (Brian Churilla, Jeremy Shepherd)
12-1 p.m. BERONA’S WAR (Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbé)
1-2 p.m. MOUSE GUARD (David Petersen)
2-3:30 p.m. THE DARK CRYSTAL (Brian Froud, Wendy Froud)
3:30-5 p.m. TITANIUM RAIN (Josh Finney, Kat Rocha)

*Schedule is subject to change.

About Archaia

Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, The Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (twitter.com/archaiacomics).

Image Comics Signings and Panel Schedules for SDCC 2010

Press Release

You’ll find something exciting during Comic-Con International 2010 with Image Comics, booth #2729, whether you’re looking for your favorite Image creators, exclusive announcements or convention exclusives!

CREATORS

You’ll find a surplus of Image creators on hand at booth #2729. The stupendous talents joining Image include GLEN BRUNSWICK, KODY CHAMBERLAIN, KIERON GILLEN, BRYAN JL GLASS, ROB GUILLORY, PHIL HESTER, GREG HORN, JASON HOWARD, ANDY KUHN, ERIK LARSEN, JOHN LAYMAN, ROB LIEFELD, DAVID MACK, DEREK MCCULLOCH, JAMIE MCKELVIE, MINK, RYAN OTTLEY, PAOLO PARENTE, CLIFF RATHBURN, JIMMIE ROBINSON, STEPHEN SCOTT, KRIS SIMON, BEN TEMPLESMITH, JIM VALENTINO and CORY WALKER. WE’LL ALSO HAVE SIGNINGS WITH JANE WIEDLIN, BILL MORRISON, JONATHAN ROSS, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS, TIM SEELEY, JOE KELLY, KEN NIIMURA, NICK SPENCER and more!

Robert Kirkman will also join Image Comics at booth #2729, bringing all new THE WALKING DEAD t-shirts, books and more. Visit The Walking Dead section of the booth for exclusive merchandise and signings!

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES

Comic-Con is all about exclusives, from announcements to variant editions, and Image Comics will have an assortment of convention exclusive variants! You’ll find the convention variant of LADY ROBOTIKA #1, with an all-new cover by JIM SILKE, at the Shadowline table. You’ll also be able to pick up the convention variant of CHEW #12, featuring a five-color cover of Poyo, and SWEETS #1 from the creators themselves!

Finally, you can get the Comic-Con variant of THE WALKING DEAD #75 — featuring the first full-color Walking Dead story and photos of the cast of the upcoming AMC show — from various retailers and at the Diamond booth, #2401.

PANELS

THURSDAY, July 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

SPOTLIGHT ON ROBERT KIRKMAN (Room 5AB)

He examines survival among THE WALKING DEAD. He makes superheroes relatable in INVINCIBLE. He made lycanthropy dramatic in THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN. Join Image Comics for an in-depth discussion and Q&A with writing juggernaut Robert Kirkman. Moderated by Sina Grace.

FRIDAY, July 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW (Room 3)

Join Image Comics for a slew of exclusive announcements about upcoming projects, updates about ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of Image Comics’ best writers. Don’t miss your chance to find out about what we’re up to before anyone else does, get exclusive give-aways, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include Marc Guggenheim (RESURRECTION, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN), Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS), Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE), John Layman (CHEW), Ben McCool (CHOKER, MEMOIR), and Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, MORNING GLORIES).

SATURDAY, July 24, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

PARTNERS IN IMAGE COMICS (Room 9)

Image Comics partners Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE), Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Marc Silvestri (WITCHBLADE), and Jim Valentino (SHADOWHAWK) get together for a boisterous discussion of all things Image Comics. Join the Image partners as they talk about ongoing and future projects, and become part of the discussion during a Q&A session.

SIGNINGS

You’ll find many of your favorite Image creators at booth #2729 throughout the convention. In addition to the creators who will have tables with us, we’ll have the following signings. We’ll be scheduling more signings throughout the week, so please check at the booth for updates.

WEDNESDAY, July 21

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ivan Brandon (VIKING)

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

THURSDAY, July 22

9:30 – 12:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. John Layman and Rob Guillory (CHEW)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF)

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Joe Casey and Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. FRACTURED FABLES: Camilla D’Errico, Phil Hester, Derek McCulloch, Bill Morrison, Ted McKeever, Anthony Peruzzo, Ben Templesmith, Doug TenNapel

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jim Valentino, Tone Rodriguez, Dan Wickline (SHADOWHAWK)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner (WITCH DOCTOR)**

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

FRIDAY, July 23

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Ben Templesmith and Ben McCool (CHOKER)

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura (I KILL GIANTS)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Jeff Mariotte (FADE TO BLACK)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. THE WALKING DEAD: Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont, and cast members from the upcoming AMC television series**

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ted McKeever (META 4)*

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane (HAUNT)**

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

SATURDAY, July 24

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura (I KILL GIANTS)

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Ziggy Marley, Jim Mahfood, Joe Casey (MARIJUANAMAN)

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, THE WALKING DEAD)**

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. FRACTURED FABLES: Brian Haberlin, Royden Lepp, Larry Marder, Whilce Portacio, Nick Spencer, Shannon Wheeler, Jill Thompson, Josh Williamson

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jeff Mariotte (FADE TO BLACK)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Jane Wiedlin, Bill Morrison, Jim Silke (LADY ROBOTIKA)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. IMAGE PARTNERS: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Jim Valentino, Tone Rodriguez, Dan Wickline (SHADOWHAWK)

SUNDAY, July 25

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. David Hine (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, STRANGE EMBRACE)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN, T. RUNT!)*

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Kristen Simon (ALL GIRL COMICS, FRACTURED FABLES)*

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD)**

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. David Hine (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN, STRANGE EMBRACE)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Nick Spencer (EXISTENCE, SHUDDERTOWN, MORNING GLORIES)*

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jim Valentino and Kristen Simon (FRACTURED FABLES)*

(*Shadowline signings; **The Walking Dead signings)

PARTIES

THURSDAY, July 22

THE CBLDF COMIC-CON WELCOME PARTY

Sponsored by Image Comics, in association with SeenAllOver.com, Soulcraft Comics and IHEARTCOMIX! Festivities include THE WALKING DEAD Live Art Stage, featuring the book’s co-creator Charlie Adlard and models presented by Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School! PSYCHENAUT, multimedia sound and vision by Paul Pope! DJ set by Franki Chan of IHEARTCOMIX! Plus, a photo booth provided by seenallover.com! All this, and a CBLDF auction preview gallery, featuring ETNIES/SEEN custom designed sneakers, the TFAW art auction, and a gift bag for the first 300 contributors! Come dressed in your zombie finest and party down! Free for CBLDF Members, $10 to $20 suggested donation for non-members. The Westgate Hotel is at 1055 2nd Ave in downtown San Diego. RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid4933566541001

SATURDAY, July 24

SCENES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE

Presented by Nerd City and sponsored by Image Comics and TFAW. This open party features live art by Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Scott Morse, King Gum AKA Dave Crosland, Jason Shawn Alexander, and more! Includes DJ sets by Major Taylor and Red Sonya, PLUS a performance by San Diego rockers The Burning of Rome. SCENES kicks off at the Soda Bar at 3614 El Cajon Blvd. $15 door. Presale tickets are available for $12 at http://tickets.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?c=amp;lidE223&eidR134

Come celebrate Comic-Con International 2010 with Image Comics by visiting us at booth #2729, joining us at our panels and partying with us in San Diego!

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Top Cow Signings, Exclusives, and More for SDCC 2010

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TOP COW REVEALS COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2010 SIGNING SCHEDULE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 19, 2010 – Comic-Con International in San Diego is days away and Top Cow Productions, Inc. is excited you’ll be spending time with us. Below are several creators who are just as thrilled that you’ll be making a stop at the Top Cow Booth #2629:

Thursday, July 22

10:00 – 11:00am: William Harms, Thomas Nachlik

11:00 – 12:00pm: Nelson Blake II, Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

11:30 – 12:30pm: Ale Garza

12:00 – 1:30pm: Ron Marz, Kenneth Rocafort

12:30 – 1:30pm: Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

1:30 – 3:00pm: Michael Broussard, Ryan Winn, Troy Peteri

2:00 – 3:00pm: Phil Hester

5:00 – 6:00pm: Rick Basaldua, Richard Fairgray, Eric Basaldua

5:30 – 6:30pm: Joshua Hale Fialkov

6:00 – 7:00pm: Sheldon Mitchell, Paolo Pantalena

Friday, July 23

10:00 – 11:00am: Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, David Hine, Jeff Wamester

11:00 – 12:00pm: Kenneth Rocafort, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Richard Fairgray

12:00 – 1:00pm: Sheldon Mitchell, Troy Peteri, Joe Weems

12:00 – 1:30pm: Phil Hester

1:00 – 2:30pm: Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Emily Lazar

1:30 – 2:30pm: Ron Marz

2:30 – 3:30pm: Milo Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

4:30 – 5:30pm: Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Josh Hale Fialkov, Rahsan Ekedal

5:30 – 6:30pm: David Marquez, William Harms, Thomas Nachlik, Jonathan Lincoln

Saturday, July 24

10:00 – 11:00am: David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Rick Basaldua, Paolo Pantalena

11:00 – 12:00pm: Kenneth Rocafort

11:30 – 1:00pm: Ron Marz, Michael Broussard, Troy Peteri

12:00 – 1:00pm: Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm: Thomas Nachlik, William Harms, Jonathan Lincoln

2:00 – 3:00pm: Richard Fairgray, Rahsan Ekedal, Randy Queen, Sarah Queen

3:00 – 4:00pm: Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman

3:00 – 4:30pm: Sheldon Mitchell, Eric Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm: Ale Garza, Troy Peteri

4:30 – 5:30pm: Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Joe Weems

5:00 – 6:30pm: Marc Silvestri, Emily Lazar

5:30 – 6:30pm: Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

Sunday, July 25

10:00 – 11:00am: Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Rick Basaldua

11:00 – 12:00pm: David Marquez, Thomas Nachlik

12:00 – 1:00pm: Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm: David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Eric Basaldua, Ale Garza

2:00 – 3:00pm: Richard Fairgray, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Paolo Pantalena

3:00 – 4:00pm: Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm: Kenneth Rocafort, Michael Broussard

PLEASE NOTE: All dates/times are subject to change. Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show. Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day. Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket. Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

Be sure to check out the Top Cow “We Create” Multimedia panel on Saturday, July 24 at 1:30-2:30pm in Room 9 as well.

TOP COW UNVEILS 2010 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 14, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce their exclusive offerings at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, which includes an exclusive wraparound cover variant to the publisher’s most ambitious project-to-date, Artifacts.

Attendees of the convention have a chance to grab the following exclusives at the Top Cow booth #2629:

ARTIFACTS #1 WRAPAROUND SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON VARIANT
Exclusive SDCC variant cover art by Michael Broussard and Sunny Gho of IFS
(W) Ron Marz   (A) Michael Broussard   (I) Rick Basaldua, Sal Regla   (C) Sunny Gho of IFS
Price: $10

Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. But a mysterious figure has been manipulating events, laying plans to put Armageddon into motion. The final phase begins here, with the abduction of Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and countless others. Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to experience the Top Cow Universe. And this exquisite variant cover is the perfect way to commemorate a trip to Comic-Con International.

VELOCITY #1 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON VARIANT
Exclusive SDCC variant cover art by Kenneth Rocafort
(W) Ron Marz   (A) Kenneth Rocafort   (C) Sunny Gho of IFS
Price: $10

Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she’d better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist — and test subject — seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock literally runs out. Bringing together writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer) for the first time. This fun-filled variant cover conveys Carin’s own sense of whimsy and snappy wit; and like Velocity herself, these covers will soon be gone!

DARKNESS/DARKCHYLDE: KINGDOM PAIN WRAPAROUND SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON VARIANT
Exclusive SDCC variant cover art by Randy Queen and Sarah Queen
(W) Randy Queen  (A) Randy Queen and Sarah Queen
Price: $15

A new armor for Jackie Estacado, the bearer of The Darkness, and a new beginning for Ariel Chylde, the girl who can become creatures from her nightmares! Jackie intercepts a physic plea for help, and frees Ariel from a self imposed, seven-year exile. But what happens when these fan favorite monster makers encounter a new threat that can create anything? Find out this Christmas, when things get dark! Guest starring Witchblade! Created especially for Comic-Con International, Randy and Sarah Queen present this stunning wraparound cover with a virgin front cover showcasing The Darkness and Darkchylde.

PROMO:  Attendees can purchase all 3 single-issue SDCC variant covers for the price of $30 (save $5).

CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER VOLUME 1 SDCC LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER
Exclusive SDCC variant cover art by Kenneth Rocafort
(W) Mark Waid   (A) Kenneth Rocafort    (C) Sunny Gho of IFS
Limited to 250 copies
Retail Value: $30

Two of Top Cow’s top teams return! Fan favorite writer Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage) weave a tale of conspiracy, high-octane action, and next-gen technology in a crossover with consequences. The members of Cyberforce and the Hunter-Killer squad must team up to stop Cyberdata and Morningstar from taking control of the world’s information networks with the Jettâ„¢. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick up this extremely limited hard cover edition and get it signed by both Waid and Rocafort!

BERSERKER VOLUME 1 SDCC LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER
Exclusive SDCC variant cover art by Jeremy Haun
(W) Rick Loverd  (A) Jeremy Haun    (I) Haun, John Lucas  (C) Dave McCaig
Limited to 250 copies
Retail Value: $30

Produced by Milo Ventimiglia and DiVide Pictures!
The lives of Aaron and Farris, two young and completely different men, are turned upside down when they discover an animalistic and uncontrollable rage living inside them. Meanwhile, two mysterious organizations seek them out for their newfound strength and power for their own purposes. But what good is strength and power when you can’t tell friend from foe? Don’t miss the opportunity to pick up this extremely limited hard cover edition and get it signed by the entire creative team!

Fans who are unable to attend the show can still purchase the exclusives at a later date online at www.thetopcowstore.com, while supplies last, starting in September.  However, there is a limited number of each item, so fans are encouraged to visit the Top Cow booth #2629 early to purchase their SDCC exclusives.

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO START THE ARTIFACTS JOURNEY

TOP COW AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc.’s race to Artifacts will include a stop at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, the world’s biggest and most exciting popular convention, from July 22nd – 25th.

Top Cow will once again storm into the convention and set up shop at booth #2629.  Among the goods to prepare attendees of CCI 2010 for the race to Artifacts will be exclusives, preview books, free goodies, variant comics and trade paperbacks, including free copies of Artifacts #0 as well as other comics, posters and bookmarks (while supplies last).

Attendees are invited to join Marc Silvestri (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), President Matt Hawkins, and Publisher Filip Sablik for an exciting and lively multimedia presentation about Top Cow’s plans for 2010 and 2011 in comics, film, television and much more. Be the first to hear announcements and updates on film projects including Witchblade, Magdalena, Alibi, Wanted, and The A-Team. Plus announcements on new comic projects with creators including Ron Marz (Artifacts), Jeff Katz (American Original, Freddy vs. Jason), Phil Hester (The Darkness) plus surprise guest directors, screenwriters, producers and more!  The panel will be featured in room 9 from 1:30-2:30pm under the title Top Cow: “We Create” Multimedia, on Saturday, July 24th.

The schedule for signings as well as portfolio reviews at Top Cow booth #2629 will be released at a later date and will be available online at www.topcow.com as well as at the booth at the start of each day.

Joining the Top Cow team at booth #2629 will be Marc Silvestri, Ron Marz (Artifacts), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Michael Broussard (Artifacts), Kenneth Rocafort (Velocity), Jeremy Haun (Berserker), Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual), William Harms (Impaler), Rob Levin (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), Nelson Blake II (Magdalena), Marc Bernardin (Genius), Adam Freeman (Genius), Jeff Wamester (The Darkness: Four Horsemen), David Hine (The Darkness: Four Horsemen), Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint), Joshua Ortega (Necromancer), Rick Loverd (Berserker), Sheldon Mitchell (The Darkness), Rahsan Ekedal (The Crazies, Echoes), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Crazies, Echoes), Randy Queen (The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain), Sarah Queen (The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain), Jonathan Lincoln (Tracker), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness) and several other surprise guests.

Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues; artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will only be able to do a limited amount of free sketches per sitting.  Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show.  Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day.  Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket.  Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

Also at the Top Cow booth #2629, the publisher will offer several items exclusive to Comic-Con International including three convention variant cover comic exclusives, two limited edition hardcovers, and an unannounced bargain-priced anthology book.

Fans who stop by the booth will be among the first to grab a copy of the debut issue to mega-event series, Artifacts by Marz and Broussard. Artifacts promises to be Top Cow’s most ambitious series to date and will weave together story lines from a number of Top Cow titles, including Witchblade, The Darkness, Angelus and Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box.  It has been known for some time that thirteen mystical Artifacts guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe.  For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 artifacts would bring upon mankind’s destruction.  The series will begin with a mysterious figure who seeks to put Armageddon into motion.  Artifacts #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, July 28th.

For up-to-date information on Top Cow’s plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, please visit www.topcow.com or follow us on Twitter (@TopCow).

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

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